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' Special' treatment to Bhaiyya Raja in jail.

THE political clout of Ashok Vir Vikram Singh alias Bhaiyya Raja may not have saved him from arrest, but it is certainly helping him enjoy special privileges in the Bhopal Central Jail.

The former BJP legislator ( below), who was arrested in connection with the murder of his grandniece Vasundhara Bundela aka Niki, will be in judicial custody till January 5.

He had earned notoriety for allegedly using pythons to subject women to his will.

The two- time former MLA has been kept at the jail's 240- bed hospital, where he is allowed to move without restriction.

" He is in the segregation unit because of who he is and his criminal record. But he is being given VIP treatment. He is always on a wheelchair pushed by two inmates though he doesn't look ill," a source said.

On Tuesday, Bhaiyya Raja was seen wearing a monkey cap. He spoke to his advocate for about half an hour and returned to the hospital bed on the wheelchair.

Before his arrest, Bhaiyya Raja had got himself admitted to a city hospital claiming chest pain and high blood pressure. But the doctors discharged him saying he was fit enough to be taken in custody.

The special favours are believed to be a result of the efforts of his wife Asha Rani, BJP legislator from Bijawar in Chhatarpur district.

She has reportedly managed to put pressure on the state's political leadership.

The jail authorities, however, claimed Raja was not treated differently. " He is served two cups of tea in the morning and afternoon and two meals just like the other prisoners," jail superintendent P. D. Somkunwar said.

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Date:Jan 1, 2010
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